I'm going to the lakes for a week in April, staying just east of Keswick in St Johns in the Vale, which is within spitting distance of white side (helvellyn). I've a family friend coming who is into walking, and wants to do some mountain biking (I'm bringing two bikes :D), so setting aside maybe 3 days for walking/rest, I've 3 days of mountain biking. I'll probably just do one day with him as I do want to do some more challenging stuff.
Helvellyn is a must, probably from Glenridding even though it's on the other side of the range. That's one day. That would be done by myself.
Then I was thinking as a good intro to mountain biking (as he's really not done a lot of anything remotely extreme), maybe Whinlatter? I've never been to a trail centre as such, and thought the red route might be OK for a beginner-ish. I'm confident he'll be very balanced and get a feel for the bike, but I'm not sure if red is a good starting point. Any ideas?
Then for the final day of riding, I thought maybe high street, but have heard awful things about it in bad weather, and additionally heard it's not great for actual riding technicality and skill, but more for seeing beautiful views. That's nice, but both would be ideal when I have a budget of three days!
So any other suggestions within a reasonable distance would be greatly appreciated. A trip on a ferry ( a la singletrack a few months back) would be lovely to incorporate!
If any of you feel up to answering some walking queries too.. any suggestions for 3 decent routes? I thought helvellyn striding edge, one day, as that would be a decent challenge. Then I get stuck and can't think of anything that, annoying as it sounds, wouldn't be more fun on a bike! So any ideas for two days walking routes would be appreciated as well.
thanks a bunch